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MICA’s Fulbright Winners Will Travel to Cambodia, Iceland, Mauritius

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) congratulates its winners of the 2008-09 Fulbright scholarships

Posted 08.15.08 by MICA Media Relations

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Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) congratulates its winners of the 2008-09 Fulbright scholarships: Andrea Chung '08 (MFA, Mount Royal School of Art), Kathryn Dambach '07 (BFA, painting), and Rachel Faller '08 (BFA, fiber).

Chung, Dambach, and Faller will join about 1,450 other U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2008-09 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Faller, the daughter of Frederick and Ellen Faller of Burlington, Mass., was awarded a Fulbright in design to Cambodia. She travels to Southeast Asia in late September, where she will focus on "Sustainability Through Fair Trade and Traditional Textile Production in Cambodia."

Under the training of the Artisans Association of Cambodia, the fiber artist will learn traditional silk weaving techniques that were nearly destroyed during the Khmer Rouge regime. She will then use her own textile training to teach marketable craft skills to the female patients in the HIV clinic of Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE in Phnom Penh.

"It's an exchange between me and the people I'll be working with," Faller said.

Dambach, a finalist to England during the previous grant cycle, was awarded a 2008-09 Fulbright in painting and printmaking to Iceland for her project, "Iceland's Landscape and Painting: Similar Sensual Experiences." An abstract landscape painter who recently completed a residency at Vermont Studio Center, she intends to explore Iceland's diverse terrain as she traverses the entire country.

"It has glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields - and the inner territories are uninhabitable and only accessible with a guide in a four-wheel drive vehicle," Dambach said.

The daughter of Gerald and Nancy Dambach of Zelienople, Pa., Dambach will begin her journey in September with an artist's residency in Skagastrond in the northwestern part of Iceland. She hopes to exhibit work at galleries during her Fulbright experience.

Chung has been awarded a Fulbright in sculpture to Mauritius, an island located in the Indian Ocean. Her research project, "Invisible Dinner Guests: Mauritian Cuisine as Sculpture," will investigate the ways that centuries of trade have created a Mauritian culture from disparate source cultures.

The artist, the daughter of Gladstone and Carol Chung of Sugarland, Texas, will depart in February for the capital of Port Louis, where she will do research at the University of Mauritius and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute. She also will interview buyers and sellers at food markets, visit local restaurants and home kitchens, and observe Chef Nizam Peero in his kitchen at the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel.

"I'm hoping that I'll either create work while I'm there or that it will inspire a body of work that I'll create when I return," Chung said.

Janet Mathias, MICA's Fulbright program adviser, works one-on-one with graduating enrolled students and alumni throughout the Fulbright application process.

"Janet helped me every step of the way," Chung said. "Frances Barth (the graduate director of the Mount Royal School of Art) and one of my critics, David Brody (artist-in-residence at Mount Royal) were my references and helped me work out my proposal."

MICA has a strong track record of Fulbright success. In 2007, the College was ranked third in the nation among specialty schools as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Recent winners included Thomas Xenakis '94 (MFA, Hoffberger School of Painting), Paul Gregg '95 (MFA, Rinehart School of Sculpture), Christine Petersen '98 (BFA, general fine arts), Joanna Schwarz '99 (MFA, Hoffberger School of Painting), Andrea Skyberg '00 (BFA, fiber), Marcus Ahlers '02 (MFA, Rinehart School of Sculpture), Rita Natarova '02 (BFA, painting), Eric Dyer '04 (MFA, Mount Royal School of Art), Iris Litwin '04 (BFA, printmaking), Nathlie Provosty '04 (BFA, painting), Rose Cromwell '05 (BFA, photography), and Michael Sandstrom '07 (MFA, Mount Royal School of Art).

"The process of preparing materials, including the identification of their goals and objectives as artists, is incredibly valuable to their professional development," said Hadieh Shafie, director of career development.

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Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 61 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.